After heated argument …”MAN DROWNS IN POND”

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A man drowned in a pond near his home in Penal on Friday night.

Was it suicide? Was it accidental? Or was he killed?

The body of Kamal Maharaj, 49, was dug out of a pond near his home at Gopie Trace by relatives at about 6 am on Saturday.

Maharaj, a father of one, left his home shortly after 11 pm on Friday after a heated argument with a male relative. Police said when Maharaj did not return home, family members searched for him. His body was found in the muddy waters of a 10-foot pond behind the family’s home. Maharaj’s wife Devika, 50, said her husband left home in a fit of rage.

Devika said, “We were all drinking and liming and having a good time when an argument started between Kamal and a relative. He was already drinking so he began cursing loudly then he left the house angry.”  Devika said her husband did not say where he was going but at the time she was not worried as he would usually leave the house whenever he got into arguments.

“He would always return home. I would wake up the following morning and find him sleeping on the couch or somewhere in the house.” But Maharaj did not return home that night. At about 3 am, Devika became worried and telephoned relatives telling them her husband failed to return home.

Neighbours, friends and relatives searched several areas where Maharaj usually visits but he was not found.

At about 6 am, the search party went to the bush near a pond behind the house and found his body.

Devika added, “I still can’t believe this is happening. I still don’t want to believe he is gone. Now I would not have him at my side to bring in New Year’s Day and this really hurts.

Police believe Maharaj may have slipped and fell into the pond where he drowned. An autopsy will be performed at the Forensic Science Center, Federation Park, on Tuesday.
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